If the War in Afghanistan is over, Why are there Still 11,000 U.S. Troops There?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
(photo: David Furst, AFP/Getty Images)

The United States didn’t skip a beat last weekend when it officially ended the war in Afghanistan, then launched its new mission to justify the nearly 11,000 American soldiers remaining in the country.


A ceremony was held Sunday that declared the 13-year war against the Taliban and insurgents was concluded. The very same ceremony was used to proclaim the start of operation “Resolute Support,” which calls for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan to advise and train the Afghan military.


There are now about 10,800 U.S. service members in the country and that number is supposed to drop throughout 2015 and 2016, by which time the only U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be there to guard our embassy. The Obama administration has said that the U.S. troop total will be reduced by 50% by the end of 2015.


Another 2,700 soldiers from allied countries will also serve under Resolute Support.


It’s an open question whether the U.S. presence will help the Afghan army maintain control of the country. Taliban forces are already moving into areas that American forces once held.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

The War In Afghanistan By The Numbers (by Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress)

U.S., NATO Mark End of Mission in Afghanistan (by Ely Brown, Luis Martinez and Devin Dwyer, ABC News)

Obama Orders U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Keep Fighting for a 14th Year (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


Bobby 9 years ago
Don't really know. The left, keeps telling Americans Obama has done all of these wonderfull things including stop the war. OOOOOOO, KAAYYYYYYYY.... whatever the leftist newspapers say, must be true..LOL...
jim 9 years ago
England had one well known Opium war against China, where they colonized Hong Kong after flooding China with death dealing drugs. The US is now in their second Opium war, the first being Vietnam of course, and there are still many billions to be made, and thousands to murder, growing and selling those drugs. Go USA, go USA, come on you folks who voted two of the most evil people on Earth as your most admired (lesbo Hillary and totally gay Obongo) man and woman, and will vote in another Bush or Clinton real soon, go USA ... .
hp 9 years ago
(it's the poppies, stupid)

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